We spent most of the week relaxing as the kids have been visiting their grandmother. So we had been hoping to get a ton of work done, but then it got hot, so due to no kids we'd sleep late then it would be too hot to do any work outside shrugs it happens. Yesterday we spent about half the day helping out Queensized Tink and her family with a building project.
I managed to pick some broccoli out of the garden this morning which we will be eating with our dinner tonight. We have been getting strawberries and I've been drying a good portion of them. I am also putting some away to make jam with once I have enough. My Elderberry should be blooming soon and I'm hoping that they don't do like last year and die after blooming. Now the broccoli I picked today made me smile as last year we had one "make it" and it only got as big as my thumbnail. This morning I got 4 big florets one the size of my fist with wise.
Our tomatoes are coming along nicely and I'm starting to get some tomatoes on the plants, my peppers will be "popping" soon. As like my tomatoes and all my cabbages they are growing huge. They are also covered in flowers. The new rosemary plants we potted with my onions and hot peppers is trying to take over the pot. Our other rosemary does not grow as happily, so that's really good.
The roses are getting ready to bloom as are the dahlia's I have planted. Pity though that they will probably bloom this weekend while we aren't home. See we have to go pick up the kids Saturday night.. and will be back very late Sunday. So knowing my luck they will both bloom Sunday morning.
I have also started gathering off of my "old fashioned" day lilies the buds so I can dry those for putting into soups and stews this winter. I have a recipe for making paste that I'll post when I have a chance that takes dried tomatoes and shows you how to make tomato paste from it. It sounds much easier than the "cook down" method. The person who wrote the book that it is in in stated that the point of making paste is removing enough water to make it thick so if you start from dried you only have to add enough to thicken it.
Well, I'm heading out now as we have some prep work for our trip and for our shopping trip tomorrow. Everyone have a great weekend!
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